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Polka dance-off Friday night

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By Mark Warde Every Memorial Day weekend for nearly three decades, like the Swallows returning from Argentina to Capistrano, so do the past winners of the National Polka King and Queen dance competition. Friday, May 27, on the 30th anniversary of the start of the dance-off, Ennis anticipates more than half of the previous winners […]

Police to remain vigilant during long holiday weekend


The Ennis Police Department personnel will be working extended shifts for the Memorial Day Weekend and during the peak hours of the Polka Festival weekend.  In addition to the Ennis Police force, members of the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office, Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and undercover officers will be on duty during this weekend. Law enforcement […]

Fallen tree branch imperils woman’s new home

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By Justin Tubbs Martha Stewart lives a simple life, but she says it’s been a good one. The 84-year-old is happy to still have her health, her family and her home. The latter hasn’t always been there, though. Seven years ago, Stewart’s home of 44 years in the 800 block of East Latimer burned down, […]

It’s Polka time!

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By Justin Tubbs The National Polka Festival is rolling in yet again, and some people have the question, “Just how valuable is the festival to Ennis?” According to Ennis Economic Development Director Marty Nelson, the impact can be very big. “From an economic impact perspective, any event or festival that runs multiple days has a […]

Polka Parade champs prep for a repeat

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By Justin Tubbs For Aline and Jimmy Whatley winning has become a tradition in the National Polka Festival Parade. For the past eight years, the Firehouse Grill owners have built award-winning floats that entertain. For seven of those years, the couple has walked away with the first place crown in the parade. “We like doing […]

Boys & Girls Club celebrates masquerade style


By Justin Tubbs For members of the Boys & Girls Club of Ennis, Friday was a chance to dance the night away. With numerous sponsors supporting the event, including Atmos Energy and Ennis State Bank, the kids got to experience their very first masquerade ball. Complete with a prince and princess, a king and queen, […]

Letter carriers help stamp out hunger

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By Mark Warde For the third time in four years the canned food drive by Ennis letter carriers collected over 10,000 pounds of food for the Helping Hands pantry. “Ennis has such a supportive heart,” said Anna Gunn, a veteran with the USPS. “People here have always been generous when it comes to meeting needs.” […]

Rosewood Beef comes to Farmers Market

Chef Michael Scott and ranch manager Kenneth Braddock show off Rosewood Beef, which will be available Saturday at the Ennis Farmers Market.

By Mark Warde Call it a cameo or a special treat, but either way, the Ennis Farmers Market proudly welcomes Rosewood Beef on Saturday, May 21. Kenneth Braddock, the ranch manager at the renown Rosewood Ranch, along with chef Michael Scott, will be on hand 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. in downtown Ennis tomorrow. They […]

Voter turnout best in two decades

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By Justin Tubbs To say this year’s mayoral and city commissioner election was one of the biggest in Ennis’ history wouldn’t be a stretch, especially if you are talking about recent history. Mayor Russell Thomas was elected in the year 2000 and served as mayor until May 7 this year. During that stretch of time, […]

Dixon: City charter a ‘daunting’ task

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The city is taking a hard look at its municipal charter. The document has not been amended since the 1950s, according to City Manager Scott Dixon, and some of the language and statutes in the charter still remain from the original document written when Ennis was founded. Monday, the City Commission voted to form a […]

Bypass project begins Friday

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The City expects to proceed with the U.S. Highway 287 bypass reconstruction project May 20, according to Public Works Director Robert Bolen. This phase of the project, he said, is to relocate utilities along the right-of-way of the highway. The City Commission approved a construction contract with Pittard Construction Company in the sum of $1,427,320 […]

Polka magazine coming Friday!


Don’t miss the Friday edition of Ennis Daily News… The unofficial magazine of the 2016 National Polka Festival will be inside subscriber and single copy editions available Friday afternoon. The Ennis Daily News is proud to provide the most comprehensive guide to all the happenings for this year’s Polka Festival. Watch for it Friday. Also, […]

Newly elected commission tackles city charter


By Justin Tubbs For some elected officials, Monday night was the final meeting; for others, including Mayor Angie Juenemann, it was the first. At the beginning of Monday night’s meeting, former Mayor Russell Thomas canvassed the election, and the City Commission made the results official. Juenemann, new Ward 1 Commissioner Rowdy Pruitt, Ward 3 Commissioner […]

Discount retailer preps to open Ennis store

Dirt Cheap is slated to open in the former Super 1 Foods location in Westgate Center before the end of May.

A retail operation that specializes in buying liquidations, closeouts, overstocks, and out of season goods from other retailers, distributors and manufacturers is preparing to open a location in Ennis before the end of May. Based in Hattiesburg, MS, Dirt Cheap has about 65 stores primarily in Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and now Texas with several […]

EISD confirms election results

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After votes from May 7 were canvassed and announced by EISD communications director Art Del Barrio, judge Bill Woody officially swore in and seated the re-elected victors, Bramlet Beard and Julie Pierce. Both would be renamed to their previous post as president and vice-president before the end of the evening. Bramlet ran unopposed, while Pierce […]

Reception recognizes Mayor Thomas

Nancy and Russell Thomas and County Judge Carol Bush (right) had a chance to talk during the reception.

Several hundred gathered at KC Hall on Thursday afternoon to express thanks to mayor Russell Thomas, along with his wife, Nancy, for 18 years of service to Ennis. Well-wishers from the community included city leaders, past and present, as well as many other elected officials. Current city manager Scott Dixon led a ceremony of appreciation that featured […]

Juenemann new mayor-elect; Hejny, Honza, Pruitt elected commissioners

Mayor Russell Thomas, right, gave his support to Juenemann, left, throughout her campaign.

By Justin Tubbs The city election has come and gone in Ennis, and the winning candidates have emerged. Ennis’ new mayor elect is Angie Juenemann, who edged Ward 5 Commissioner Brian Holley by more than 400 votes. In Ward 1, Rowdy Pruitt won the election for commissioner, and he will take Jeremie Salik’s place. Scott […]

Voters give Juenemann thumbs up in mayoral bid


Angie Juenemann is the new mayor-elect of Ennis. She captured 1,029 votes compared to Brian Holley’s 583. Juenemann and her campaign supporters celebrated Saturday night at Casa Italiana in Ennis, inviting folks to eat pizza and celebrate with her. Her official campaign Facebook posted, claiming the victory after early voting was announced heavily in her […]

Juenemann takes lead in early voting tallies


Updated to include other early voting results, a comment from Juenemann and Facebook post.  The early voting numbers are in for the general city election in Ennis, and mayoral candidate Angie Juenemann is ahead of Ward 5 Commissioner Brian Holley by 328 votes. Juenemann drew 749 early votes in the mayoral race while Holley drew […]

Voter turnout light at polls Saturday morning


Polling locations have been open since 7 a.m., and a little more than 220 voters cast their ballots by 1 p.m. Those numbers are added to the nearly 1,200 who voted in the Ennis general city election. Election Day has been a time for candidate’s and campaigners to make their way around the various polling […]

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